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Rosa Balfour

Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, The German Marshall Fund of the United States


Dr. Rosa Balfour Dr. Rosa Balfour is a Senior Fellow on the Europe Programme, where she focuses on European foreign and security policy, including the relationship between Europe’s internal politics and international relations. She has researched and published widely on issues relating to European foreign policy and external action, relations with the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, EU enlargement, European Neighbourhood Policy, and on the role of human rights and democracy in international relations. Prior to joining GMF, she was a Director at the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent think tank based in Brussels, where she headed Europe in the World programme. She holds an MA in history from Cambridge University, an MSc in European Studies and a PhD in International Relations both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Recent major publications include: Europe’s Trouble-makers, The populist challenge to foreign policy, as Rapporteur of a Reflection Group report (; and a number of publications on EU foreign policy, the EU’s new diplomatic service and its implications for European foreign policy, with a volume published Ashgate in 2015 (co-edited with Caterina Carta and Kristi Raik), The European External Action Service and National Foreign Ministries. Convergence or Divergence? Her book on Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy. ‘The Cases of Ukraine and Egypt’, was published by Routledge in 2012, the paperback edition in 2014.